Creating a Character

Your choice of character race provides you with a basic set of advantages and special abilities. If you’re a fighter, are you a stubborn dwarf monster-slayer, a graceful elf blademaster, or a fierce dragonborn gladiator? If you’re a wizard, are you a brave human spell-for-hire or a devious tiefling conjurer? Your character race not only affects your ability scores and powers but also provides the first cues for building your character’s story.

  • Human


    Whatever drives them, humans are the innovators, the achievers, and the pioneers of the worlds.

    Learn More About Humans

  • Elf


    Elves are a magical people of otherworldly grace, living in the world but not entirely part of it.

    Learn More About Elves

  • Dwarf


    Dwarves are solid and enduring like the mountains they love, weathering the passage of centuries with stoic endurance and little change.

    Learn More About Dwarves

  • Halfling


    The comforts of home are the goals of most halflings’ lives: a place to settle in peace and quiet, far from marauding monsters and clashing armies.

    Learn More About Halflings

  • Gnome


    Gnomes take delight in life, enjoying every moment of invention, exploration, investigation, creation, and play.

    Learn More About Gnomes

  • Other Races

    Other Races

    Some races are less common than humans, dwarves, elves, and halflings—but no less compelling, such as tieflings and dragonborn. You can learn more about these races in the Player’s Handbook.

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